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Council Recognises Achievements of Local Athlete

Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean is pictured with Nick Griggs, his family, and nominating councillors: Councillor Dan Kerr, Councillor Kim Ashton, Councillor Niamh Doris and Councillor Malachy Quinn.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean held a Civic Honours Reception this week to recognise the achievements of local track athlete Nick Griggs.

The reception was held in the Council offices in Dungannon on Monday, 13 September.

16-year old Nick Griggs from Newmills has experienced great success in track including:

  • A gold medal win in the men’s three thousand metres at the European Athletics Under 20 Championships, this July past in Tallin, Estonia;
  • A record-breaking performance in the Under 18 Irish Youth and Under 17 British records for the five thousand metres and three hundred metres respectively;
  • A three-time record-breaking performance in the Irish Juvenile Championships, smashing both the three thousand metre and five hundred metre times.

To date, the young runner has won an impressive three Irish titles at under 18 and under 20 levels.

Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean congratulated Nick saying, “All of this success would be exceptional at the best of times, but to do so at the age of just 16 in Estonia and all before the age of 20 illustrates the extent of your physical strength, talent and potential.

“I congratulate you on your achievements so far, knowing that there are more to come, and wish you well in your lifelong ambition to become an Olympic athlete.”

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Get Crafty this Halloween in Mid Ulster!

There’s plenty to keep children entertained this Halloween in Mid Ulster with a series of spooktacular and fun workshops taking place at a number of Council facilities across the district.

From designing Halloween themed kites and 3D sculpted Halloween heads, to live spooky shows, there’s something to suit all age groups. The workshops will take place at the Council’s arts centres and leisure facilities from Friday 22 – Saturday 30 October.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean, is encouraging residents to have a happy and safe Halloween in Mid Ulster.

“This year, for the second Halloween in a row, we yet again find ourselves in a peculiar and exceptional situation due to the impact of COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff, and preventing the spread of COVID-19, must remain our top priority. For this reason, this year in celebration of Halloween we have organised a number of fun, crafty and creative workshops across the district for children of all ages to participate in.

“We continue to make great progress in our fight against COVID-19 and I have no doubt that if we all carry on playing our part, we will see a return to our usual large scale outdoor events in the near future. This year’s comprehensive programme of workshops has something to suit all ages and interests and will allow children to still experience that special Halloween magic. I wish everyone in Mid Ulster a happy and above all safe Halloween.”

For the list of all Halloween workshops taking place in Mid Ulster, and to book your place, visit:

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Council Urges Local People To Respond To Cancer Strategy Consultation

Mid Ulster District Council has urged local people to respond to the current public consultation on a new Cancer Strategy For Northern Ireland.

Councillors raised the issue at the Council’s monthly meeting last week (23 September) when the Department of Health’s draft strategy was under consideration.

The strategy is a 10-year plan which sets out more than 60 recommendations to create significant strategic change to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, together with support for people with cancer.

Given that one in two people born since 1960 will have some form of cancer during their lifetime, Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean believes the strategy has a significance for everyone:

“Cancer is a disease which touches us all in some way, individually, as families and as friends, and while huge strides have been made in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of a great number of cancers, there is still a very real need to ensure that our cancer services are designed and delivered more effectively, and, crucially, that they are people-centred.

“For an area like Mid Ulster where we have large rural communities, a history of underinvestment in roads infrastructure and limited public transport, which all impact on our access to health services, it is even more critical that local voices are heard and local views are taken into consideration as this new strategy is agreed”.

The Department of Health is also holding a series of public consultation meetings via Zoom on:

  • Tuesday 5 October, 2pm – 2.30pm
  • Thursday 7 October, 11am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 October, 7pm – 8.30pm

To view and respond to the consultation visit here.

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